The Canadian Coast Guard will continue icebreaking activities for commercial ships in Georgian Bay And McGregor Bay on or around April 17, according to a news release from April 15.
The icebreaking will occur in Killarney on Georgian Bay as well as on McGregor Bay for the Whitefish River Lafarge cement terminal on northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands. After these operations, the Canadian Coast Guard will return to southeastern Georgian Bay on or around April 18. Large ice ridges north of Hope Island on the way to Midland prevented icebreakers from reaching Midland Harbour earlier this month, so the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Pierre Radisson will again work to establish tracks to the harbour. The dates are subject to change depending on operational requirements or weather conditions.
All ice surface users should plan their ice activities carefully, use caution on the ice and avoid the shipping lanes and icebreaking operations, according to the Coast Guard. Even with cold temperatures, the ice can be expected to be deteriorate naturally due to spring conditions and extreme caution must be exercised for anyone venturing out onto the ice.
Read the article below to learn more about the ice ridges that prevented icebreaking operations in Midland Harbour earlier this month.